yoga

noun
yo·​ga | \ ˈyō-gə How to pronounce yoga (audio) \

Definition of yoga

1 capitalized : a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation
2 : a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being

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Other Words from yoga

yogic \ ˈyō-​gik How to pronounce yogic (audio) \ adjective, often capitalized

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Nothing disrupts the calm, meditative benefits of yoga like the thought of practicing your poses on an icky mat. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How to Clean Your Yoga Mat," 6 Mar. 2019 Laughter yoga is an excellent antidote to loneliness. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Stressed? Join These Seven As They Laugh It Away At 'Yoga' Class," 27 June 2018 Denim growth has stalled in recent years as more people opt for yoga and sweatpants, or premium brands such as Frame and AG Jeans. Suzanne Kapner And Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Levi Strauss Looks Beyond Jeans With IPO," 13 Feb. 2019 Her focus has shifted more towards hot yoga these days, such as Modo Yoga, which has studios all over the country, including New York and Los Angeles. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "This Is The Workout That Got Alexandra Daddario Into 'Baywatch' Shape," 19 June 2018 There are other facilities on the JCC campus for yoga and other exercise classes. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "JCC summer programming changing with the times," 6 June 2018 Harry has reportedly cut junk food from his diet, started drinking green juice, taken up yoga, and has pretty much quit smoking. refinery29.com, "8 Health Tips From Meghan Markle's Now Defunct Blog," 17 May 2018 The team's defensive backs and a select group of linemen have taken up yoga. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Meet the 6-foot-7 Alabama D-lineman who is a yogi," 17 Apr. 2018 From infrared saunas to hot yoga, towel-soaking activities are being touted not only as relaxation tools, but also as ways to stay healthy by flushing out toxins. National Geographic, "Fact or Fiction: Can You Really Sweat Out Toxins?," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of yoga

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yoga

Sanskrit, literally, yoking, from yunakti he yokes; akin to Latin jungere to join — more at yoke

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yoga

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yoga

: a system of exercises for mental and physical health
: a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind

yoga

noun
yo·​ga | \ ˈyō-gə How to pronounce yoga (audio) \

Medical Definition of yoga

1 capitalized : a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation
2 : a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote bodily or mental control and well-being — see hatha yoga

Other Words from yoga

yogic \ -​gik How to pronounce yogic (audio) \ adjective

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